In Part I of this discussion on leadership, I shared with you a conversation I had regarding a mutual acquaintance’s leadership. I put forth that, regardless of how people felt about her, my acquaintance is a great leader.
Leadership is an extraordinarily difficult role. As a leader, therefore, I am guided by the following realities:
- To be a good leader, I have to focus on doing the right thing – even if it’s unpopular.
- I have to remain above the fray and accept that people who have never even had a conversation with me will dislike me.
- While emotionally healthy people are inspired by professional, intelligent and positive people, dysfunctional people are threatened by them.
- There is a double standard with male and female leaders: Strong male leaders are considered courageous; strong female leaders are considered b****es.
- I will be judged as much by my attire, hairstyle and jewelry as I will be by my character, work ethic and intellect.
- I am damned if I do and damned if I don’t.
- All I can do is my best.
- I cannot be all things to all people.
- I cannot make everyone happy.
- Some people are just plain miserable, and there is nothing I can do to change that.
What are some of stark realities you have had to face as a leader? Do tell!